Brian Golas: Teachers unions don’t serve students

A union member speaks out in the Providence Journal Online.

By Brian Golas

I’m a teacher at Coventry High School and have been teaching for 23 years. As a member of a teachers union, I have lobbied for my union, and have sat on a committee to interview people running for public office to decide if the union should endorse them.

But it is important to note that a teachers union is not about children or education. Teachers, as individuals, are about children and education. But a teachers union is about negotiating the most lucrative contract for its membership. Period.